It is already December and everyone is getting ready for the merriest season of the year. It is the time when we start to decorate our homes with colorful garlands, jingle bells, sparkling ornaments, and we decorate the Christmas Tree with our children. It is the time when we start to hear Christmas songs that we longed to hear. It is the time when people are getting busy to shop for what to prepare for the festivity and also for the gifts that they will give for their loved ones. This is the season of giving and sharing. This is the season of love and hope.
But not all people share the same procedures during this coming Holidays.
Unfortunately, the Central and Southern part of the Philippines are being tested by fate lately. A super typhoon named “Pablo” (international codename, Bopha) just hit the said region and the aftermath is of course, a large percentage of casualties. Although the government did not fail to warn the people and to prepare for the said typhoon, still there are those incidents that are far beyond expectations.
Residents try to cross the flooded Macanhan road in Barangay Carmen leading towards Barangay Balulang as flood waters caused by Typhoon “Pablo” blocked the main road as the Cagayan de Oro River overflowed on Tuesday afternoon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/BOBBY LAGSA
As I watch news every night, I feel the thrill by seeing the damage that Typhoon Pablo just left the Philippine region. Many bridges has been broken, flash floods are everywhere. Trees from the mountains has been washed down that led to landslides. Hundreds of acres of agriculture are now in deep flood and can never be used anymore. Thousands of homes are torn down, and to make matters worst, many lives are gone. Men, women, children even babies, elders, and soldiers are buried alive because of the landslides. Some of them are missing because of the flash floods.
Read news http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/05/12/238-dead-hundreds-missing-due-pablo
‘I’M HUNGRY’ A Red Cross volunteer comforts Imee Sayson after she was rescued from muddy waters where she had been submerged for almost 24 hours in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Her father and brother are still missing. DENNIS JAY SANTOS/INQUIRER MINDANAO
Seeing those picture through the news is really dreadful and frightening. It seems that the nature is extremely angry that people has to pay with their own lives. I am a mother and a wife, and to witness those mothers who are crazily crying over their dead child or husband is also a pain for me. I don’t want that tragedy to happen to my family, and one way to help them is through prayers.
According to Psalm 46 of The Holy Bible: New International Version:
” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…The Lord Almighty is within us.”
FAITH OUT OF THE MUD A girl retrieves a statue of the Sto. Niño and cleans it of mud and grime after landslides hit her home due to nonstop rains brought by Typhoon “Pablo” in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, in Mindanao on Tuesday. AFP
In this times of troubles, I believe, we just have to put our greatest faith in God. Even though our hearts might be torn and we may feel that there is no hope, I know somehow there will be a light in the midst of the darkness. We have face life’s biggest challenges arm in arm. This is only a test of God, and I know that He will never leave us alone.
The spirit of Christmas should not just happen only every December. We can always share our blessings every time of the year to those who need a helping hand. Gifts are not just come in a pretty gift wrap with a ribbon, but a gift of prayer is one of the most treasured and priceless things we could give.
Please do pray for the victims of Typhoon Pablo.
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